Here are five things you should know about the coronavirus outbreak this Monday night. We will have another update tomorrow morning.
1. Updated travel tips in Spanish
The Commonwealth and Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to Spain. The British are now discouraged against all non-essential travel to the country, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on Covid-19’s current risk assessment there. It comes after a quarantine was reintroduced for travelers returning to the UK from Spain over the weekend. We have answered your questions about the travel rules for Spain here. Meanwhile, Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps is going on a family vacation to Spain early to return to the UK, after the new restrictions took effect.
2. Economic recovery
Forecasters warn that the UK economy could take until 2024 to return to the size it was before closing. The analysis of the EY Item Club, which uses an economic model similar to that of the Treasury, suggests that unemployment will rise from 9.9% to 9%. He also estimates that the economy will shrink by 11.5% this year, worse than the 8% that he forecast just a month ago. The Item Club says consumers have been more cautious than expected, while growth has also been affected by low business investment.
3. The cat tests positive
A pet cat has become the first animal in the UK to test positive for the coronavirus strain causing the current pandemic. The cat is believed to have caught its owner’s coronavirus, which had previously tested positive for the virus. But experts say there is no cause for alarm: They emphasize that the case is very rare and does not mean that your pets transmit the disease to people. We’ve looked at the evidence on pets that trap Covid-19 here.
4. Closure fines
Men ages 18 to 34 from ethnic minority groups were twice as likely to be fined for breaking blockade laws as young white men, new figures suggest. Overall, those from ethnic minority groups were 1.6 times more likely to be fined than whites, according to a report by the Council of Chiefs of the National Police. NPCC President Martin Hewitt said it was “a concern to see the disparity,” but that it was a “complex picture” and that each force would work to “mitigate any risk of bias, conscious or unconscious.” You can read more about the powers the police have to enforce blocking rules here.
5. Vietnam Survivor Covid
Scottish pilot Stephen Cameron made headlines around the world after surviving for more than two months with a fan in Vietnam. Now recovering at the UK hospital, the 42-year-old motherwell man is warning the British “not to bother” with the virus. He told the BBC that it was a “living example” of how serious it can be, while his doctors said he now faces “a long way” to recovery.
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